5 Bright Skin Steps That Really Will Fade Dark Spots and Pigmentation

Jade Cottee

How many times have you looked in the mirror and wondered how your cute, charming splatter of freckles somehow morphed into one giant blob? No, it's not your day cream working overtime (nothing can tighten skin that much), it's simply what happens as we get deeper into each season of GoT.

Hyperpigmentation (or pigmentation, as it's commonly referred to) often appears out of nowhere—one day you're sipping rosé in the sun, the next, a dark, blotchy patch has taken up residence on your face. Not ideal, especially when the goal is to look as luminous as possible.

While uneven skin tone, darkness and spots are all responsible for making you look older than you actually are, it's nothing a little know-how can't fix. First, we need to understand that all pigmentation was not created equally, and that each type requires a different treatment.

There are three main kinds:

Hormonal: This is what surfaces during pregnancy or while taking the pill. Unfortunately, it's the hardest to fight—it's less resistant to treatment and you need to fix your hormones first.

Post-inflammatory: What's left behind after a pimple or bite has healed. This is this is the easiest to treat, however many confuse these spots for scars and thus do not treat appropriately. Vitamin E is not going to work on these bad boys.

Age Spots: The darker patches that appear on skin that is often exposed to the sun (think: old lady hands). Most of this pigmentation is created when you're young, yet makes its way to the surface decades later. Those years spent running through the backyard sprinkler in your underwear? WORST.

Thankfully, our illustrious search for smooth, youthful skin has yielded results. Scroll to learn five ways to reach peak Jon Snow.

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